What does it take to crack the IIT-JEE!

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going “– Joseph Kennedy

As we approach the due date for enrollment into IIT-JEE Mains 2017 , it is worthwhile to flash back on the IIT-JEE results 2016 to put things in perspective to Students aspiring to come out winners, qualifying to enter the prestigious IITs across India. As per a Statistical table published (Source: Indiatoday.in 27th April 2016) a total of 1,128,636 students appeared for the IIT-JEE Main exams. Out of this, only 198,228 students qualified for the IIT-JEE Advanced examination. Furthermore, the total number of students who qualified to make it to the leading IITs across the country was just 36,566.  What this tells us is that the success rate in IIT-JEE Mains is as low as 1:5. From 2017, however, 20,000 more candidates will be eligible to write the JEE (Advanced) after clearing JEE (Main) thus taking the eligibility number of candidates to 220 k.

Syllabus and Weightage 

As per the notification issued by the ministry of HRD on 8th April 2016, the following changes are effective for IIT-JEE Main 2017

  • “There will be no weightage for higher secondary marks in calculating the ranks in JEE Main examination.Class 12 scores will be a crucial parameter only for determining the eligibility criteria for the exam.
  • For the applicants to qualify for admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs & such other CFTIs whose admission are based on JEE ranks; they must have score minimum 75% marks (65% for reserved categories) in higher secondary standard or be in the top 20 percentile in higher secondary exam.”

What therefore makes IIT-JEE, one of the toughest Competitive Examinations is the sheer high level of competition and complexity and therefore the intensity of preparation needed to crack this examination should not be underestimated by the students aspiring to get into IITs.

Here are some factors that Students can take note of as they embark on their IIT –JEE dream journey.

  • Organic preparation:  IIT-JEE is certainly not one of those exams where preparation can begin and end few months prior to the examination. Besides a thorough understanding of the syllabus, what is also needed is a gradual, phased out and disciplined preparation and building of skills right from high school level spread out until Class 12 ,nearer the examination schedules.
  • Pick the right School: There are very few institutions that have a scientifically devised and integrated curriculum that combines CBSE Syllabi with IIT-JEE coaching. Picking the right School can reduce duplication in preparation and also avoid stress leading to burn out, fatigue and the consequent ills leading to failure.
  • Attitude and Mindset:This is an extremely important aspect that differentiates the Winner from the crowd. High level of commitment and perseverance to achieve the dream no matter what it takes is an important factor. Also, students need to have a strong sense of self belief and conviction that success will follow from sincere and focused efforts.  It is sometimes quite natural to go through temporary phases of lack of confidence and fear of failure.  But the students should realize this is only a momentary phase and develop a mentally strong personality to bounce back, stay focused and self motivated on the big picture which is the dream destination called the IIT!  As Thomas Edison said “Many of life’s failures are people not realizing how close they were to success when they gave up “So never make the mistake of giving up what you have set out to achieve.
  • Scientific preparation and mastering the technique:  Students need to be aware that unlike in Board exams, what brings success in IIT-JEE is problem solving skills and understanding of practical concepts in application as opposed to mere knowledge of the subject. Besides, speed is of the essence in this exam and this is something that can be developed through constant practice.
  • Find the right mentor: No matter how hard work and Intelligence helps, a good mentor has no substitute. And who better than an IITian can play this role because he is the one who has seen it all and more by way of experience in successfully handholding aspiring IITians through their successful journey. The Complex pattern of the exam and the negative marking makes it most challenging and the mentor can play a key role in honing the aptitude of the student in the direction that assures success.
  • Cherry picking not possible:It is quite likely that in the total syllabus, there could a subject or topic that one dislikes but unfortunately there is no cherry picking here. The performance in that particular subject is as important as any other in the syllabus for the overall results. So it is important to realize there is no escape route here. Students should find a way to manage this by immersing into the subject and then start enjoying the learning process. Another trick would be to allocate the best part of the day to the not so favorite subject so  the learning becomes easier and less stressful and then the other subjects are well taken care at ease with a sense of relief at other times of preparation Schedule.
  • Finally, Dare to dream big .Have the courage! –

As Mark Twain said, and I quote – “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover “

Written by Asha Sampath


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